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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4046

(Question No. 4866)

Mr Blunt asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 11 November 1986:

(1) Does the Commonwealth Government have a role in the investigation of false motor vehicle accident claims; if not, why does it not have a co-ordinating role.

(2) If the Government does have a role in fraud of this kind, what part did it have in the car claims racket known as ``Operation Windfall''.

(3) Is there a reluctance on the part of the Government to launch a major clean-up for fear of a repeat of the situation which developed in the Greek social security conspiracy case.

Mr Young —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) to (3) The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has advised that false motor vehicle accident claims relate to offences which are contained in State or Territory legislation, not that of the Commonwealth. Within the Australian Capital Territory, the AFP is responsible for investigating fraudulent claims of this nature under the laws of the Territory. The AFP has further advised me that ``Operation Windfall'' is not an investigation being undertaken by that Force.